A New Book Explores Why the Author Ran for Office As An Openly Atheist Candidate

In 2010, after Dr. Wynne LeGrow retired from his career as a physician, he ran for Congress from Virginia’s 4th District, which was represented by Republican Randy Forbes, the man so conservative, he founded the Congressional Prayer Caucus.

LeGrow, on the other hand, ran as an open atheist. He lost the race, but writes about the experience in his new book Last Leper in the Colony.

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In the excerpt below, LeGrow talks about why he chose to be an openly atheist candidate when there were other safer options available:

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Every New Copy of Richard Dawkins’ The Blind Watchmaker Will Have a Unique Cover

If you read Richard Dawkins‘ 1986 book The Blind Watchmaker, then you might remember that he created a computer program to simulate how evolution works. His “biomorphs” ultimately evolved in ways he couldn’t have anticipated — and that helped him explain the power of natural selection.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of that book’s publication, Penguin Books just reissued The Blind Watchmaker and they did something really incredible with the covers.

They created their own version of Dawkins’ evolution program in order to create a unique biomorph for the cover of every single book.


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Podcast Ep. 114: Katherine Ozment, Author of Grace Without God

Our latest podcast guest is Katherine Ozment, author of Grace Without God: The Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Belonging in a Secular Age.


Ozment has worked for National Geographic and Boston magazine and been published in the New York Times. She lives in Chicago with her husband and three children.

For years now, she’s been exploring how the ever-growing segment of non-religious parents raise their children. They’re not all atheists, but they have to grapple with the Big Questions about life and death and belonging, all without supernatural faith. She wrote a magazine article about it a few years ago, and she has now written a full-length examination into the topic.

I spoke with her about what secular “grace” looks like, why atheists may want rituals traditionally reserved for the religious, and how the landscape for atheist parents is rapidly changing.

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A Norwegian Journalist’s Look at Church/State Separation in the U.S.

Norwegian journalist Even Gran spent a year in the U.S. not too long ago and he used the opportunity to dive into our nation’s problems with church/state separation. He spoke with a couple of the students I’ve written about extensively on this site — Jessica Ahlquist and Damon Fowler — and the result is his book Rise of the Seculars:


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Hello, Fellow Masturbators of the Twitterverse

One of the benefits of writing online for several years is that you get cited in various books every now and then.

But I can’t recall ever getting a shout-out like this one, from evolution exhibit “correctorMegan Fox and her partner-in-oppression Kevin DuJan‘s new book Shut Up!


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